With the Detroit Lions’ 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the Chicago Bears have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.
The Bears, who currently sit at 5-8, still have three games remaining in their season, and the best they can hope for is a repeat of their 8-8 finish to the 2013 season. That still won’t be enough to end the team’s playoff drought, which will now stand at four consecutive seasons and it means they will miss the postseason for the seventh time in eight years since reaching the Super Bowl in 2007.
Some serious changes could be on the horizon for the Bears in the offseason, with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting Sunday morning that the team will likely let defensive coordinator Mel Tucker go after the season. The Bears are also reportedly experiencing buyer’s remorse with Jay Cutler’s seven-year contract extension, according to Rapoport.
Those stories are both worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks, but with the team now officially out of playoff contention, eyes will undoubtedly begin turning toward the future as another lost season reaches its conclusion.